Efficient Building Material

The U.S. market for efficient building materials grows

The parts of a building that separate its exterior from its interior comprise are collectively know as its “building envelope.” This includes external walls, insulation, as well as windows and roofing. Technological advancements in efficient building materials have lowered heating and cooling costs, while also increasing energy efficiency and sustainability. One of these leading options is window glass coatings.

As we mentioned in a previous post, the market for window glass coatings is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Lux’ report anticipates that the worldwide market for solar control window film market will double in size by 2018, from $479 million to $863 million in 2018. This is a 10 percent annual growth rate.

The Energy Collective affirms this, explaining that low-emissivity glass coatings are a leading technology, and that they have the highest global market penetration in North America. In terms of efficient building materials, the United States, Canada and the European Union are the leading markets.

Overall, the U.S. market for advanced building envelope installations is expected to experience 12 percent year-on-year growth, while the anticipated growth for efficient building materials, including window films, will exceed that. Experts anticipate $3.7 trillion in envelope investments between 2015 and 2050, the Energy Collective writes.

Efficient building envelope investments reduce energy use, and have benefits for both warm and cool climates: “In warm climates, reflective roofs and walls, exterior shades, and window coatings and films reduce the energy consumption required for cooling; in cold climates, improved air sealing, insulation, and advanced windows reduce energy consumed for heating.”

As an authorized window 3M window film leader, Michigan Glass Coatings is able to answer your questions about the installation process. Explore our website, or contact us at 248-364-6667, to learn more about your window film options.

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